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Lehigh vs. Bucknel - 2/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bucknell Bison (17-8) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (10-13)

College Basketball: Monday, February 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Stabler Arena)

The Line: Lehigh Mountain Hawks +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Bucknell Bison will travel to Stabler Arena to take on the Lehigh Mountain Hawks this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Bucknell Bison won their 10th straight game and improved to 17-8 (11-1 Patriot) on the season after defeating the Lafayette Leopards, 74-59, this past Saturday. Bucknell led by a 39-34 margin at halftime and pulled away after an 11-0 Bison run gave Bucknell a 59-45 lead with 9:24 left in regulation. Bucknell shot 45.2% from the field and 40.0% (10-25) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bison was Zach Thomas who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 blocks. On the season, Bucknell is averaging 80.9 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bucknell has been led by Zach Thomas (21.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg), Nana Foulland (15.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.8 bpg), Stephen Brown (14.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.2 spg), and Kimbal Mackenzie (6.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.4 apg). Defensively, Bucknell is allowing their opponents to average 75.5 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

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Lehigh vs. Bucknel - 2/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Lehigh Mountain Highs won their 2nd straight game and improved to 10-13 (5-7 Patriot) on the season after defeating the Boston University Terriers, 80-75, this past Saturday. Lehigh trailed by a 63-55 margin midway through the 2nd half however, was outstanding offensively down the stretch and pulled out the victory after going a 6-0 run over the final 1:41 of regulation. Lehigh shot 51.8% from the field and 57.9% (11-19) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Mountain Hawks was Kahron Ross who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, Lehigh is averaging 76.1 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Mountain Hawks are averaging 9.7 three-pointers per game on 40.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Lehigh has been led by Lance Tejada (15.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.8 apg), Kahron Ross (12.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Pat Andree (11.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg), and Kyle Leufroy (10.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Lehigh is allowing their opponents to average 78.7 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Mountain Hawks have a rebound margin of -1.0 and a turnover margin of -1.2.

The Bison are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. Patriot League opponents. The Mountain Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games.

Bucknell has dominated Patriot league play since the beginning of January and have been led by their offense that ranks 41st in scoring offense and 71st in FG%. Lehigh has won two straight after dropping their previous 4 games, however, it’s been a struggle defensively for the Mountain Hawks this season as Lehigh currently ranks 315th in scoring defense and 286th in defensive FG%. Bucknell was able to take care of business against Lehigh at home, winning a 78-65 battle, and as the Bison have won their conference away games by an average of 12.4 ppg, I’m taking Bucknell to cover this mid-range spread. 

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